John M. Murray

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John M. Murray
Gen. John M. Murray.jpg
General John M. Murray
BornKenton, Ohio, U.S.[1]
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1982 – present
Rank General
Commands heldUnited States Army Futures Command
Army G-8
3rd Infantry Division[2]
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (3)

John M. “Mike” Murray is a United States Army general, the first commanding general of U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC), a new four-star Army Command (ACOM) headquartered in downtown Austin TX. General Murray was previously the G-8, a deputy chief of staff to the Army Chief of Staff (CSA). G-8s serve as principal advisor to the CSA for materiel requirements, as military counterpart to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology (ASA(ALT)).[3] Modernization reform is the focus of AFC, which means readiness for a nearer-term future, whereas immediate readiness is the charter for the current ACOMs: FORSCOM, TRADOC and AMC, as well as the Army service component commands, such as USARPAC.[4] Previous modernization efforts involved five and ten year plans, but a goal for AFC is to reduce the requirements definition stage from five years to one year.[5]

On July 16, 2018, then-Lieutenant General John M. Murray was nominated for a fourth star and appointment as Army Futures Command's first commanding general;[6][7] his appointment was confirmed 20 August 2018.[8] He assumed command on August 24, 2018.[9]


General Murray received his commission as an infantry officer via the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program upon graduation from the Ohio State University in 1982. Throughout his career, General Murray has served in leadership positions and commanded from Company through Division, with various staff assignments at the highest levels of the Army.[2]


General Murray has held numerous command positions. His command assignments include: Commanding General Joint Task Force-3; Deputy Commanding General – Support for U.S. Forces Afghanistan; Commander Bagram Airfield; Commanding General 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia; Commander, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas while serving in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Commander, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Commander, C Company, 1-12th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado.

General Murray also served as the Director, Force Management, the Pentagon; Assistant Deputy Director for Joint Training, J-7, Joint Staff, Suffolk, Virginia; Director, Joint Center for Operational Analysis, United States Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Virginia; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), Multi-National Division-Baghdad OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; G-3 (Operations), III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief of Staff, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas; C-3, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; G-3 (Operations), 1st Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Chief, Space Control Protection Section, J-33, United States Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; S-3(Operations), later Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief, Plans, G-1, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas. General Murray hails from Kenton, Ohio. He and his wife, Jane, have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
3rd Infantry Division CSIB.png 3rd Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
18 Infantry Regiment DUI.png 18th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.svg 8 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with service star
Silver star
Iraq Campaign Medal with silver service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 5.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5
NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia


  1. ^ Thomas, Alun (29 December 2008). ""First Team's" newest one-star". Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b John Murray's biography as submitted to Congress
  3. ^ "Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 | Home". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ US Army Futures Command to reform modernization, says secretary of the Army
  6. ^ "PN2622 — Lt. Gen. John M. Murray — Army". U.S. Congress. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. ^ McBride, Courtney (24 May 2018). "General selected to lead Army Futures Command". Inside Defense. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  8. ^ Austin gets its general; Army Futures Command leader confirmed
  9. ^ Lt. Gen. John M. Murray promoted to general and first to lead Army Futures Command

External links[edit]

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